|McKenzie Building. Photo by Maksim A. from the OttawaStart Flickr Group.|
Here are our contributors' picks for the best events in Ottawa this week.
Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17: Artist and Artisan Fairs
You can spread the benefits of your holiday purchases at some artisan festivals this weekend. The Ottawa Guild of Potters Holiday Sale (Nov. 14-17) has works by local artists, while the Ten Thousand Villages Ottawa Fair Trade Festival Sale (Nov. 15-16) offers fairly-traded handicrafts from Africa, Asia and Latin America. At the Third World Bazaar (Nov. 15-17), a purchase of refreshments or a food donation benefits some charitable organizations. Check out OttawaStart for other craft shows and bazaars around town.
-- Denise Deby
Thursday, November 14: Ottawa Premiere of The Human Scale
What if cities were designed for people? What if urban spaces encouraged human interaction rather than alienation, environmental and health problems? These questions are examined in The Human Scale, a film that draws on the work of Danish architect Jan Gehl. Hosted by Urban Forum and the Royal Danish Embassy. Mayfair Theatre, 7 p.m.
-- Denise Deby
Thursday, November 14: Spotlight On... Andrew King
Crush Improv welcomes Ottawa artist Andrew King as the special guest for Spotlight On. It's an award-winning format of unscripted, supervised theatre. Andrew will be telling stories from his past and the Crush Improv cast will improvised scenes based on his life. At Centrepointe Studio Theatre, 8pm. I'll be playing piano.
-- Glen Gower
Thursday-Friday, November 14-15: Pedro Navarro Live in Concert
This Thursday and Friday, the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa and the Mercuy Lounge have teamed up to present Pedro Navarro live in concert. This Spanish flamenco guitarist sensation, critically acclaimed for his “magic fingers” will be performing live on both nights starting at 8pm. Do not miss this rare occasion to see such a talented musician live.
-- Eliane Laberge
Friday-Sunday, November 15-17: 5th Annual Ottawa-Gatineau Tattoo Expo
Get inked at the 5th Annual Ottawa-Gatineau Tattoo Expo this weekend at the Hilton Hotel Casio du Lac-Leamy. While at the show, you can check out the work of international tattoo artists and also and live bands. The doors open Friday evening at 5pm and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Daily admission is $20 on Friday, $25 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday, or you can get a weekend pass for $50. Children under 12 get in free and get a free (temporary) tattoo.
-- Gordon Dewis
Saturday, November 16: Glisten! A Handmade Holiday Event
The 3rd annual edition of Glisten! is happening this Saturday at the Irving Greenberg Theater. This is the perfect occasion to shop for holiday gifts from some of Ottawa’s best indie craft designers and makers. It’s free admission, there will be holiday tunes, door prizes & more.
-- Eliane Laberge
Saturday, November 16: Roddy Ellias Trio at GigSpace
Guitarist and composer Roddy Ellias plays beautiful music that ranges from delicate to swinging. He's got a list of credits as long as your arm, including having organized an international guitar conference in Ottawa last May, mostly just from personal contacts with the best in the biz. Together with Montrealers Adrian Vedady on bass and Thom Gossage on drums (both of whom also have impressive CVs), Roddy will play two sets of all-original music in preparation for a recording session later this month.
-- Brett Delmage
Saturday, November 16: Phil Hall & Eduardo C. Corral
Plan 99 reading series, the Manx Pub, 370 Elgin Street at 5pm. $10: a VERSeFest Fundraiser; door prizes. Governor General Award winner Phil Hall returns to read from his latest poetry book "The Small Nouns Crying Faith" and New York poet Eduardo C. Corral reads for his first time in Ottawa. it's going to be a great event. Get there early for good beer & conversation.
-- Amanda Earl
Sunday, November 17: Building Ottawa’s Photographic Narrative: The Andrews-Newton Digital Access Project
Danielle Shrestha will present an introduction to her work of digitizing 10,000 negatives from the City of Ottawa Archives photo collection.
-- Jean Labelle
Sunday, November 17: The Social Book Exchange
As part of Apt613's Support Local Month, Antique Skate and Herd Magazine bring you The Social Book Exchange, a night of trading books and exchanging words. The event, taking place this Sunday at Oz Cafe, will feature complimentary appetizers provided by the venue, a bar with 15% of sales being donated to #1squarefoot along with music by Peter Turner. The main act is the book exchange, so if you go, be sure to bring a good book, stay for the fun, and take a book of your choice on your way out.
-- Eliane Laberge
Monday, November 18: Loco Eco | Design and Beauty Mixer
In honour of Support Local Month - come discover local eco-fashion, beauty, music, food and drink in one night! Meet eco-fashion designer Megan Duffield of Duffield Design and eco-jeweler Maddie Kessel of Migdal Jewelry, sample the latest eco-beauty products, shop, receive a complimentary makeup application and enjoy music by DJ Nadia of Raw Sugar Cafe, food by Kudos Cuisine, drinks by Hoity Toity Cellars and enter to win great prizes.
-- Laura Gauthier
Have a great week!
See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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